Can he – YES. Will he – Maybe. The Heisman Trophy has been given out annually since 1935 to “the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” In the 81 year history of the Heisman trophy, there have been 80 players who have won the trophy. The reason is that only 1 player has ever won the award twice – Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975).
Lamar Jackson is not the first player to have a chance to repeat as the award winner but he is currently the only player with a chance to repeat. I know that statement is obvious but I make it to remind you just hard it’s going to be to repeat. If that statement is obvious to you and I, then think about every opponent he and the Cards will face this year. They are all aware too and would love nothing more than to beat the reigning Heisman trophy winner or, at minimum, would love to sack him. If Lamar is going to repeat, he will have to do so with a target on his back. Read the rest of this entry
Louisville Football put on a semi-competitive showcase for the first time since the Citrus Bowl in the annual spring game, and as expected, reigning Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson did what he did best and lit up the scoreboard in front of the announced crowd of 14,000.
The junior quarterback was 19-36 through the air for 346 yards and three touchdowns, as well as a rushing score for the Red team. Second string quarterback Jawon Pass, who started for the White team, didn’t have quite the outing that Jackson did, as he threw for 20-37, as well as 4 interceptions, including a pick-six by Jaire Alexander. However, it is worth noting that 3 of his 4 picks came off of deflected balls.
Lamar Jackson will enter the 2017 season looking to do what only one college football player has ever done. That is the tall task of repeating as the Heisman Trophy winner. Several players have been invited back to New York as a Heisman finalist the year after winning the award but only Ohio State’s Archie Griffin has heard his name called in consecutive years (1974 and 1975).
Lamar Jackson put up numbers in a regular season that we have never seen before. Before the season started, we had high expectations based on his Music City Bowl performance, but nobody expected what we all witnessed. Coming into the first game of this season vs Charlotte, sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson had not started two consecutive games. Despite that fact, Lamar tied an ACC single game record with 6 passing touchdowns and tied the ACC record of 8 touchdowns responsible for. He would then go on to set another ACC single game record with 610 total yards vs Syracuse. Read the rest of this entry
Lamar will now greet people at the airport. This makes me want to fly somewhere soon just so I can come home to this.
Lamar Jackson made history becoming the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy. Many former Cards, professional athletes and others have reached out to congratulate him on his accomplishment. Here are a few …… Read the rest of this entry
I’ll be the first to admit that I thought something like last night could never have happened at Louisville. Sure, one could create a super-athlete on an NCAA Football video game and win multiple Heisman’s at Louisville, giving a cool passing thought of, “It’ll be nice when Louisville has a Heisman Trophy winner.” But I never thought I would see the day when the Cardinals would actually have one in real life.
There were a lot of preexisting caveats prior to Lamar Jackson’s coronation as a Heisman Trophy winner. If Elvis Dumervil had one of the best defensive seasons of all-time and wasn’t even invited, when would Louisville ever have a Heisman finalist? The same could have been said for Brian Brohm, when Louisville rolled to an Orange Bowl victory in 2006. It also applied to Teddy Bridgewater, who prior to last night had the most valid argument for the greatest quarterback in Louisville football history, and certainly has an impeccable legacy of his own.
I talked to my longtime friend Bradley about the possibility of Jackson winning the Heisman back in August, and it would be lengthy discussions about what Louisville could actually do in 2016. Yes, I did believe Jackson would have a great year. He showed flashes of brilliance as a raw athlete in 2015, and ended on an exceptionally high note with legendary performances against Kentucky and Texas A&M. Bobby Petrino has a reputation as one of the top minds, when it comes to developing offenses in college football. Another year in Petrino’s system to develop as a passer and learn the playbook, and Jackson’s potential was certainly limitless.
Lamar has been busy the past few days. Our friends at @UofLFootball have put together a video showing what Lamar has been up to today in NYC. I also wanted to include some stuff I had seen throughout the day. Lamar Jackson is in NYC preparing for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony which happens tomorrow night at 8pm. The ceremony will be on ESPN & will also be broadcast live on 93.9 The Ville! Enjoy!
Needless to say, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has had an absolutely incredible season. U of L has had tremendous quarterbacks in school history from Brian Brohm to Jeff Brohm, but Jackson is in the process of rewriting dozens of school records before leaving. How many records Jackson will grab before leaving the University of Louisville is going to be more than intriguing, and here’s a compilation of records that he can grab.
Lamar Jackson isn’t the most likely player to win the Heisman this year but he has the attention of the college football world and he is just entering his sophomore year. Westgate casino in Vegas has him on the board at 100-1 and Athlon released its ACC top 10 Heisman candidates. Here they are, Read the rest of this entry